The Austin Hip Hop Awards 2018 took place recently, and with that comes the traditional set of cypher videos. Each video is meant to highlight notables from the awards while giving these artists a chance to showcase their talents and introduce new viewers to what they’re all about. The 2018 editions, curated by Austin mainstay George VonDoom, definitely stand up to the test when it comes to giving a solid cross section of Austin talent. There are definitely artists I personally would have loved to see involved, but I give much props and respect to all of those involved, as these cyphers proved that these spots were earned.
Part one took place at the Metropolitan apartment complex, home to many hip-hop shows and events over the years. This cypher took on a more hardcore edge, featuring Tone Brigante, Spefy, Loose Cannon, and strong closeout verses from Geezy Goin Ham and 245 Nixout.
Part two was the more ominous, 1990’s-esque aesthetic edition. Raps in the kitchen, no frills, just straight talk and straight lyrical prowess. Mista D and George VonDoom set things off proper, with Foolish Karlito closing things out in immaculate style.
Part three, set in front of an impressive mural, was more straight talk from a diverse group of MCs. Sixxx kicked the door down, Kannkasso and D.R.O.I.D. lit things up with wordplay and high energy flows, and GA Daniel cleaned up with a heartfelt flow.
Here’s to those showcased in the Austin Hip Hop Awards 2018 cyphers, and props to the Austin Hip Hop Awards for taking the time each year to put this level of recognition together. Not everyone makes music for validation on this level, but you can best believe that receiving this kind of validation encourages artists to keep moving forward and to better themselves.